In the Dark – 8May

In The Dark is a collaboration between Youngblood Arts & Culture Development and Biblioteek production that started in 2013. (Truly experience music by listening to it blindfolded.) This concert will be performed by pianist, José Dias, featuring music of Michael Nymann and Philip Glass (including music from the cult films, The Piano & The Hours).

Portuguese pianist, José Dias is a regular in all major concert halls and Arts Festivals in South Africa. In recent seasons, international performances have taken him to Portugal, Mozambique, Israel, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, including extensive tours of the Netherlands and Germany, with repeated appearances in such historic halls as the Berliner Philharmonie, Münchner Philharmonie, Beethovenhalle in Bonn, Baden-Baden Festspielhaus and among many others.

Philip Glass is an American composer, that is is widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the late 20th century. Glass’s work has been described as minimal music, having similar qualities to other “minimalist” composers such as La Monte Young, Steve Reich, and Terry Riley. Through operas, his symphonies, his compositions for his own ensemble, and his wide-ranging collaborations with artists (ranging from Twyla Tharp to Allen Ginsberg, Woody Allen to David Bowie), Philip Glass has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times.

Michael Nyman is undoubtedly one of the UK’s most innovative and celebrated composers. His reputation is built upon a substantial body of work written for a wide variety of ensembles, not only for his own band, but also for symphony orchestra, choir and string quartet. In addition to his prolific output as a composer, Nyman is also a conductor, pianist, writer, musicologist, photographer and film-maker- his restless creativity and multi-faceted career making him one of the most dynamic and influential figures in contemporary culture.

In the Dark Nyman/Glass

8 May at 8pm

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